For Kira Pancotti, a love of sports has not only driven her to be a successful athlete, it has also helped her discover a potential career.
Kira, a junior forward on the women’s soccer team, spent last summer interning with the Aberdeen IronBirds—the Ripken Baseball-owned single A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
Kira’s internship placed her in the club’s sales and marketing department, where she performed a variety of duties. “My responsibilities included group sales prospecting, making cold calls to sell group ticket programs, sales database management, developing theme nights, providing fan assistance during games as well as many other aspects of baseball operations—including pulling the tarp when it rained!”
A career in the sports world makes perfect sense for Kira, a history major who grew up watching football and baseball games with her father and whose affection for sports grew from there.
“When I started playing soccer competitively, I was drawn to the excitement and camaraderie,” says Kira. “I realized I wanted to stay involved in sports after leaving college. My sophomore year, I took a marketing class with Dr. Terry Scout. I really enjoyed the class and set out to combine it with sports. I was then fortunate enough to find an opportunity with Ripken Baseball.”
It would be easy for Kira to market her own team—the women’s soccer team enjoyed its most successful season in seven years in 2009 and is a team on the rise. Kira’s dedication—and that of her teammates—have helped make that possible.
“The women’s soccer team has made tremendous strides in the past few years. The team has dedicated so much time and physical and emotional energy to turn the program around. It is nice to see some of that translate into improved play on the field and some additional wins. For me, the improvement shows that hard work and team dedication to a common goal can create a winning environment.”
The change in the team’s fortunes have not gone unnoticed—and the support both Kira and her team receive on campus has been invaluable.
“It’s a nice feeling walking around campus and having other students and faculty congratulate you on a win. All the athletes on campus know each other, and the support from all the members of various teams is something I really enjoy.”
Among her team’s top scorers, Kira was one of five Shorewomen soccer players to earn Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll recognition last year. In addition, she is one of six Presidential Fellows on her team.
“For me, success in the classroom and success on the playing field go hand in hand. The self-discipline and determination I rely on to succeed in the classroom are the same qualities I use to garner success on the playing field. Success breeds success, so when I do well academically, it motivates my athletic endeavors, and vice versa.”
With that perspective, perhaps the NCAA will be offering Kira a marketing position.
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